Outdoor lighting can highlight attractive parts of your yard

Houston nights are some of the most beautiful in Texas, but you can turn a pleasant evening into a magnificent landscape with a little strategic lighting. Arranging your landscape lighting well will add drama and appeal to your home and yard, transforming a nice yard into a site to behold.

Even the best landscaped yard can look plain in the evenings if the lighting isn’t considered in part of the landscaping plan. So how do you plan your outdoor landscape lighting?

Select Points of Interest

Outdoor lighting can highlight attractive parts of your yard

Walk your yard, both in the daytime and the night, and see what features you would most like to accentuate. It may be a water feature or a big magnolia tree. It may be flower beds, or an architectural feature like a gazebo or an archway. Make lists of these things–perhaps things that you love to look at in the daytime but disappear when the sun goes down. If you plan to use the lawn for activities, consider highlighting the boundaries of the grass, the pathways, and the cozy benches beneath trees. 

You may also want to highlight the more transitional areas, such as sidewalks, patios, decks, porches, and driveways. These areas need more light than the green areas, not less (though a lighting plan can easily offer different lightscapes depending on the activities going on outside–you may want to turn down the patio lights and enjoy the peace and relaxation of the well-lit backyard.)

Sketch Your Landscape

landscape sketch

The next thing you want to do is sketch your landscape. You may want to do this on your own, or with the help of your lighting designer, but sketching the layout can give you a different view of how your yard could be used. You may discover coves or accents or natural paths that you don’t notice from the ground–you need a top-down view. 

Draw in where the existing lights are and note where you might move or change them to give a different view. Now is the time to get the lighting designer involved and have them make suggestions, point out design features that you may have never considered, and create a plan. 

Our designers do an in-depth dive into this, taking 7-10 days to familiarize themselves with the plan and come back with a proposal.

Select Your Fixtures

Selecting the right outdoor lighting fixtures can make a huge impact on the end result.

The proposal will include suggested fixtures, but it will also come with a lot of options. You may know that you want pathlights for the walk up to your front door, but there are so many options to choose from. Our designer will make educated suggestions, but we know that this is your house and you have to love it–we’ll go with what you want. We may recommend accent lights, wall washes, hardscape features, patio lights and more. 

Also in this step we’ll want to choose the spacing of the lights–do you want your garden edged every five feet or every eight? Each choice will give a different look, and we know that this is going to be a yard that you’re going to want to spend so much time in, you’ll want to get every detail just right.

Contact us for a free quote

There’s a lot that goes into planning an effective outdoor lighting scene, and we’ve got years of experience doing it. Contact us for a free quote so you can get the professionals involved.